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Mock Draft Roundup: SB Nation and Around the Net

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Mock drafts are everywhere these days, which is hardly surprising with only one week left before the 2014 MLS Superdraft takes place on January 16th. With that in mind, last week SB Nation's MLS bloggers got together and put together a mock draft of our own.

Here are the results of that mock draft, as well as several others from around the web.

For the Portland Timbers, I had the opportunity to draft and, with picks 17, 26, and 36 on the table, went about filling some positions of need for the Timbers.

Pick No. 17

Reinaldo Brenes: "The Timbers are in need of some reinforcements at forward and the Akron product was the best available option."

Pick No. 26

Kevin Cope: "After the team's off-season changes, the Timbers could use some backup along the back-line so the Michigan State center back made the most sense."

Pick No. 36

Mark Sherrod: "The Memphis forward should be able to provide some depth, and he's someone the Timbers should know well as he played for the U23's."

And the picks from around the web...


Pick No. 17

Aodhan Quinn: "Another Zip to Portland."

Top Drawer Soccer

Pick No. 17

Aodhan Quinn: "Every Zip goes to Portland: Part Seven."

Pick No. 26

Reinaldo Brenes: "Another Zip goes to Portland, this time the Costa Rican forward who if healthy, could end up being a major steal in the draft."

Pick No. 36

Jimmy Ockford: "Ball-playing center backs are crucial to the Timbers in Porter's system, and Ockford has enough ability both on the ball and man-marking to potentially make this Portland roster."

Pick No. 17 (Simon Borg)

Reinaldo Brenes: "Caleb Porter gets another player he's familiar with and someone who knows the Timbers system after playing with the U-23s in the summer. Word is he works hard, he has great movement off the ball and can play anywhere on the forward line ... a perfect fit for the Timbers' style."

Pick No. 17 (Matt Doyle)

Marco Franco: "Franco's not the biggest or fastest, but he's very sound technically and even moreso tactically. A good comparison is A.J. DeLaGarza - just a good defender who can help at two spots."

Pick No. 17 (Nate Sulat)

Marco Franco: "Franco probably isn't getting as much love as he deserves because 1) he plays in the Big West and 2) he played center back this year, which is not his true position. He's a right back, and a damn good one that can get forward, put in a good cross, and also defend pretty well."

Plus, put up this interview with former U-23s player Mark Sherrod, which is a nice little read.